SS has been raving about replacing our existing switches with “Z-Wave microswitches” ever since we decided that the lighting in our home needs to change. These microswitches are basically smarter switches, in that it works on the Z-Wave wireless technology and in working together with a certain “Home Controller”, allows for lighting to be automated. It sounds too geeky but I am pretty much excited about this along with SS. Imagine being able to control your lights at home via mobile phone or tablet – from the office. Imagine, the lights automatically dimming down when you settle in to watch a movie! And if that imagination does not excite you then just believe me that it is just “too hard” to press that damn switch 😉
And automating the lighting is really just the start. This technology can “smarten” your locks, windows, doors, cameras, air conditioner and the list goes on. Some of the uses could be a life saver – how about receiving a text message alerting you that someone has broken into the house? Some uses are of great convenience – picture coming to an automatically cooled home after a big day of shopping in the outdoors. And there are other uses, that you simply question “but why…”, such as getting an app on your phone to draw the curtains in the room. This could only validate that you are just plain lazy.
Anyways, we are sticking with automating switches – for now. We’ve selected the Z-Wave switches to purchase. The electrician has been informed (and prepared) on what is to be installed. The circuit layout & placement of switches have been finalised. SS has reviewed, double reviewed and triple reviewed the Z-Wave product as he plans to program the switches himself once they have been installed – yep, I will be updating about this as well 😀
The electrician’s work begins this weekend and we are excited. More to come!
See our progress on Lighting Automation on this link: https://ourgorgeouschaos.wordpress.com/tag/home-automation/
Avant Garde in adopting Home Automation!